Knife culture warning to youths

PUBLISHED: 13:55 15 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:03 15 June 2010

YOUNG people were warned of the dangers of carrying knives during a citizenship day at Axe Valley Community College.

YOUNG people were warned of the dangers of carrying knives during a citizenship day at Axe Valley Community College.Five people from the criminal justice system visited the pupils - two police officers, and representatives from the magistrates' courts, Portland Young Offender Institution and Devon Youth Offending Service.Head of Citizenship James Hadely said: "The day was very successful, particularly as it's such a hot topic in the news. "A lot of pupils benefited from engaging with experienced workers in the field. They learned about the importance of not carrying knives, about the criminal justice system, and how to work in a team."During the day Year Eight pupils worked on a project on how to prevent young people carrying knives. The winners were: Lauren Matthews, Shavaun Womersley, Gabby Littley, Toyah Jenkins, Charlie Trivett.

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